KCC to exhibit artist Jerry Mackey’s ‘Images and Observations’

Detail from art by Jerry Mackey featuring a painting of people standing around with a blue-green background.

Kellogg Community College will feature the works of artist Jerry Mackey in the exhibit “Images and Observations,” showing Oct. 13 through Nov. 7 on the College’s North Avenue campus in Battle Creek.

The exhibit will be open for free public viewing from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Mondays through Fridays at the Eleanor R. and Robert A. DeVries Gallery in the KCC Davidson Visual and Performing Arts Center, 450 North Ave., Battle Creek. An opening reception for the exhibit, which will also be free and open to the public, will be held at the gallery from 4 to 6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 16.

Mackey taught art at Northwestern Junior High School in Battle Creek from 1965 to 1967 and taught art and photography at Lakeview High School from 1967 to 2004 where he was also theater art director. He called the exhibit a collection of ideas and images completed over his years as an artist in a variety of media, including photo collage, painting, photography, sculpture and print media.

“The work reflects my philosophy of the artist as observer, documenter and commentator on the world and some of the significant issues facing it,” Mackey said. “The objective of my work is to provide personal observations and creative visual images that promote new and differing perspectives to viewers.”

Mackey has degrees in art from the University of Minnesota and Michigan State University and his works have been exhibited in many shows and juried competitions throughout the state.

For more information about the exhibit, contact KCC’s Photography and Multimedia Program Coordinator and Gallery Director Ryan Flathau at 269-965-3931 ext. 2559 or flathaur@kellogg.edu.

Pictured above is detail from one of Mackey’s works.

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